Sacramento German Genealogy Society
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Der Blumenbaum
SGGS holds monthly meetings at St. Mark's Uniited Methodist Church in Sacramento County.

Next Meeting: June 26

German Misspellings:
Errors in Place Names,
Terms and Family Names
presented by
Chuck Johnson
  Speaker Chuck Johnson
Click here for more information

What's New?

  • Sacramento County Fair – SGGS is helping staff a genealogy booth at the local county fair, an experiment to present the hobby of genealogy to the general public. Booth volunteers are from a number of local area genealogical and historical societies. It was organized by Root Cellar - Sacramento Genealogical Society with support by the Sacramento FamilySearch Library and the Genealogical & Historical Council of Sacramento Valley.
  • SGGS Seminar Photos Posted Photos of the recent SGGS seminar have been posted under Spring Seminar. A larger colleciton appears in the photo archive page in the members-only section of the website.
  • 2019 International German Genealogy Conference – Hotel reservations at the discounted conference rate are now open. Go to the hotel reservations page on the IGGP website for more information and to reserve your room.
  • It is Not Too Late! – Didn't attend the 2017 International Germanic Genealogy Conference in July? Leftover syllabus books can be purchased while the supply lasts. You can also purchase audio recordings of presentations from the vendor.
  • SGGS Meeting Handouts & Videos – Beginning with the Sept. 26 meeting, presentation handouts and videos appear on a separate meeting page in the members-only section of this website. The meeting page will remain posted for a month following its posting date.

GIACR Project

"This series is one of the most important, most professional, immigrant identification databases published in the last 100 years."
Publisher Lewis Bunker Rohrbach
Since 2005, Dr. Roger Minert and his group at Brigham Young University have been transcribing, indexing and publishing German-American church records in a series of volumes called German Immigrants in American Church Records [GIACR]. A current list is presented below. All are Protestant records.
This table will be updated as new volumes become available.
On the shelf
at the Sacramento
FamilySearch Library
Available for purchase
and soon to be provided by
SGGS to the Sacramento
FamilySearch Library
Future Volumes
Vol. 1: Indiana
Vol. 2: Wisconsin Northwest
Vol. 3: Wisconsin Northeast
Vol. 4: Wisconsin Southwest
Vol. 5: Wisconsin Southeast
Vol. 6: Nebraska
Vol. 7: Iowa West
Vol. 8: Iowa Northeast
Vol. 9: Iowa Southeast
Vol. 10: Illinois North
Vol. 11: Illinois, Cook County
              and Chicago
Vol. 12: Illinois Central
Vol. 13: Illinois South
Vol. 14: Illinois St. Clair 
Vol. 15: Michigan, excluding
Vol. 16: Detroit, Part I
Vol. 17: Detroit, Part II
Vol. 18: Minnesota, North &
             South Dakota
Vol. 19: Missouri (excluding St. Louis city & county)
Vol. 20: Missouri, St. Louis County, St. Louis City #1
April 2018:
Vol. 22: Missouri, St. Louis City #2 
Vol. 23: Missouri, St. Louis City #3
Vol. 24: Missouri, St. Louis City #4
Vol. 25: Ohio
This project has been funded by Brigham Young University and some private donors. Unfortunately, said funding has lapsed beginning 2016. So last year SGGS provided a donation to help sustain their 2016 operation and appealed to readers of Der Blumenbaum to do the same. Click here to view a thank-you from the project staff. As volumes became available, SGGS has been purchasing one of each for the Sacramento FamilySearch Library (on Eastern Ave).
For SGGS members, more information can be found on page 11 of your July 2015 issue of Der Blumenbaum. But the donation instructions in that article turned out to be incorrect. If you would like to make a personal donation to this project, mail a check payable to "Religious Education BYU" to the following address. Be sure to also mention you're donating to the GIARC project.
Prof. Roger P. Minert
Provo, UT 84602-5669
Some GIACR volumes are sold by SGGS at its meetings. Online sources follow.
Click here for a list posted on GRT Publications.
Click here for Family Roots Publishing (expected to be the new supplier).
posted 31 Mar 2018, rev 20 Nov 2017 rh

Interested in Helping SGGS?

Click here to visit the volunteer opportunities page.
Click here to visit the organizational structure page.

Upcoming Events
Jun 26
"How to Overcome Misspelling Errors and Similar Problems in Records" by Chuck Johnson
Our next SGGS regular meeting will be held on June 26, and will feature Chuck Johnson speaking on how to deal with spelling errors and similar problems in records.  Before our presentation at 1:00, come to the study group at 11:00.  We now have wi-fi access for up to 50 computers.   Click here for more information.   Hope to see you there.
Jul 24
Featuring speaker Lisa Gorrell
SGGS will hold its Study Group at 11 am followed by the general meeting at 1 pm. Details will be posted soon.
Aug 28
Featuring speaker Carol Dove
SGGS will hold its Study Group at 11 am followed by the general meeting at 1 pm. Details will be posted soon.